1. not taken up by scheduled activities

    Synonyms : free
    Examples :
    • spare time on my hands
  2. thin and fit

    Synonyms : trim
    Examples :
    • the spare figure of a marathon runner
  3. refrain from harming

    Synonyms : save
    Type Of : refrain, forbear
  4. lacking embellishment or ornamentation

    Synonyms : bare, plain, unembellished, unornamented
  5. an extra car wheel and tire for a four-wheel vehicle

    Synonyms : fifth wheel
    Type Of : car wheel
  6. give up what is not strictly needed

    Synonyms : dispense with, give up, part with
    Type Of : give
    Examples :
    • he asked if they could spare one of their horses to speed his journey
  7. more than is needed, desired, or required

    Synonyms : excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, superfluous, supernumerary, surplus
    Examples :
    • sleeping in the spare room
  8. an extra component of a machine or other apparatus

    Synonyms : spare part
    Type Of : component, constituent, element
  9. lacking in magnitude or quantity

    Synonyms : bare, scanty
    Examples :
    • a spare diet
  10. a score in tenpins; knocking down all ten after rolling two balls

    Type Of : score
  11. kept in reserve especially for emergency use

    Examples :
    • a spare tire
    • spare parts
  12. save or relieve from an experience or action

    Type Of : exempt, relieve, free
    Examples :
    • I'll spare you from having to apologize formally
  13. use frugally or carefully

    Type Of : use, expend